Company Aytch

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Penguin, Nov 1, 1999 - History - 304 pages
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Among the plethora of books about the Civil War Company Aytch stands out for its uniquely personal view of the events as related by a most engaging writer--a man with Twain-like talents who served as a foot soldier for four long years in the Confederate army. Originally published in 1881 as a series of articles in the Columbia, Tennessee, Herald, Sam Watkins's account has long been recognized by historians as one of the most lively and witty accounts of the war. Parallels between this text and The Red Badge of Courage suggest that Stephen Crane was also among Private Watkins's readers. This edition of Company Aytch also contains six previously uncollected articles by Sam Watkins, plus other valuable supplementary materials, including a map and period illustrations, a glossary of technical and military terms, a chronology of events, a concise history of Watkins's regiment, a biographical directory of individuals mentioned in the narrative, and geographic and topical indexes. This new edition of a Civil War classic is bound to become the edition of choice for students, military buffs, and general readers alike.
 

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Contents

Title Page
Dedication
SHILOH
KENTUCKY
SHELBYVILLE
CHICKAMAUGA
DALTON
HUNDRED DAYS BATTLES
ATLANTA
JONESBORO
ADVANCE INTO TENNESSEE
THE SURRENDER
A CONCISE HISTORY OF THE FIRST TENNESSEE INFANTRY REGIMENT
BIOGRAPHICAL DIRECTORY AND INDEX

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Samuel Rush Watkins was a southern American and soldier in the Confederate army during the American Civil War (1861-1865) who is best-known for his memoir, Company Aytch: Or, a Side Show of the Big Show, in which he documented the events of the Civil War from a common soldier's perspective. Watkins enlisted in the Confederate Army at the outbreak of war in 1861, and participated in battles at Shiloh, Chattanooga, Chickamauga, and Jonesboro, among many others, before surrendering to General William T. Sherman in 1865. Little is known about Watkins's life after the end of the war, although he is known to have died in 1901 and was buried with full military honours.

M. Thomas Inge, Ashland, Virginia, is Robert Emory Blackwell Professor of the Humanities at Randolph-Macon College. He has edited over forty volumes, including Charles M. Schulz's "My Life with Charlie Brown"; "Charles M. Schulz: Conversations"; "Conversations with William Faulkner", and others published by UPM. Inge is general editor of two series, Conversations with Comic Artists and Great Comics Artists, both published by University Press of Mississippi.

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